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USU Industrial Hygiene Student Group Receives Top National Honor

Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017

2017 AIHA awards ceremony

Kailey Leavitt, left, president of USU's Student Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, accepts Utah State’s 'Student Section of the Year’ award at the association’s 2017 annual meeting held June 4-7 in Seattle.

USU industrial hygienists receive awards

From left, Kailey Leavitt, president of USU's industrial hygiene student section; industrial hygiene lecturer John Flores and scholarship recipient Isabella Muffoletto, were among Aggies honored at the 2017 AIHA annual meeting.

Utah State University’s Student Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association was named 2016-17 Student Local Section of the Year at an awards ceremony held June 7, 2017, during the organization’s annual conference and exposition in Seattle.

“USU’s Department of Biology takes great pride in our ABET-accredited undergraduate program in industrial hygiene,” says Al Savitzky, Biology department head. “We especially celebrate the success of our student chapter of the AIHA this year, and we congratulate both the students and our dedicated public health faculty.”

USU’s student section competed with undergraduate and graduate industrial hygiene groups from throughout the nation for the award, which includes a $1,000 cash award to the chapter. Currently, 67 USU students are registered as public health majors with the industrial hygiene emphasis.

“The students are very deserving of this award,” says Carl Farley, lecturer in USU’s Department of Biology and advisor of USU’s Public Health programs in industrial hygiene, public health education and environmental health. “This honor recognizes many hours of community outreach and extracurricular efforts in developing professional skills.”

In addition to the chapter’s recognition, USU industrial hygiene students Dylan Anderson, Tanner Christensen and Isabella Muffoletto, all recipients of American Industrial Hygiene Foundation scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year, were honored at the ceremony.

USU’s industrial hygiene program is one of only four undergraduate programs in the nation accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. Requirements of the degree program include coursework in industrial hygiene-specific disciplines, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, toxicology and environmental engineering, as well as a professional internship; all of which prepare graduates to pursue professional certification.

Related Links
“Three USU Undergrads Receive National Industrial Hygiene Awards,” Utah State Today 
USU Department of Biology
USU Industrial Hygiene Program 
USU College of Science 

Contact: Carl Farley, 435-797-2566,

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